Use of Technology

We see from the A Level subject content that the use of technology must permeate the study of AS and A level mathematics. I believe that is true for younger students also; technology can help us make explanations very clear and allow us to show multiple representations of a concept.

At Maths Conference #24 I showed many examples of resources to use in class, the following list gives links to those resources. Many of the links here take you to a post with further information on the resource.

Standards Unit

Many of the tasks refer to software which no longer works on modern browsers, happily you can still access much of this from this treasure trove – numworx.

Transition to A Level Mathematics – amsp

On the subject of graph sketching – teach everybody to do this from a young age and use graphing software all the time to show students the links between algebra and graphical representations. For year 11 and 12 students, from The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme these transitions to A Level Mathematics resources are excellent and include a unit on graph sketching.

Math Warehouse – Quadratic Formula Calculator

The MEI AS/A level Student tasks are excellent, they provide instructions for the use of the software and ask some great questions to get students thinking and exploring. Have a look at this Autograph task on Numerical Methods – Fixed Point Iteration. Autograph is brilliant for work on Iterative processes – the task shows how quick it is to use. You can zoom in on the image as you can see here. Remember that Autograph is now completely free. There is a wealth of information on how to use it available on TSM Resources.

Transum Mathematics – Refreshing Revision

This Custom Starter from Transum, Refreshing Revision, allows teachers to select the number of questions and the topics to include; scroll down the page and choose the topics you want from the Concept Selection. It is possible to save a particular selection of topics as the URL for your selection will be generated. It is also possible to drag the panels so your questions are displayed in the desired order. The beginning of a lesson can be an ideal time to review previous learning, starters like this can be ideal.

This post on Transum includes details of some other resources on the site, note the very helpful index for teachers and another for students. See also Transum – Advanced Starters.

Transum – Advanced Starters

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